“Win or lose, we’re in heaven,” that’s what Chicago Cubs long time radio announcer, Harry Caray, once said about Wrigley Field. For many of the Chicago Cubs faithful, watching their team play at the 100 year old ball park is almost a religious experience. Built in 1914 for a cost of $250,000, Wrigley Field is the second oldest Major League baseball park in America – the first being Fenway Park in Boston which was built in 1912.
Named after chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, this baseball shrine which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 1060 Addison Street and is a tourist destination whether the Cubs are in town or not.
Throughout its century old history, Wrigley Field has been witness to some very significant baseball moments, none more famous than Babe Ruth’s “called shot” on October 1, 1932. During an at-bat appearance in game 3 of the World Series, Chicago Cubs players began to get on the Bambino by yelling at him from the dugout. After strike one, Ruth pointed to the outfield wall signifying that he was planning to hit the ball over it. After strike two, the heckling intensified with the crowd now joining in – Ruth again pointed to the wall. On the very next pitch, the Babe connected, sending the ball 440 feet over the centerfield wall for one of the most legendary home runs in baseball history.
Happy 100th Birthday Wrigley Field from your ophthalmic photography friends!
Joe Territo is a long standing member of the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society as well as the official team photographer for the International Baseball League Rochester Red Wings.